Goods For The Study, is a shop devoted to the tools involved in creating a perfect workspace, whether it be a dedicated room or a simple work surface. The result of a collaboration between Sandeep Salter, the former Architecture, Art, and Design Book buyer for McNally Jackson Books and Sarah McNally, the owner of the aforementioned bookshop, they opened the first Goods for The Study in Nolita in 2013. The partners recently opened a second location on 8th Street in Greenwich Village. Both shops offer a wide selection of stationery, home furnishings and and art, including a representation from their other retail venture, Picture Room. Famous for their extensive pen assortment that is sourced from around the world, some of Sandeep’s favourite pens are from Tetzbo, a maker in Tokyo, Japan.
Who inspires you? The community of artists and makers associated with Goods For The Study and Picture Room.
What inspires you? Right now, I am looking a lot at Shaker design traditions.
Before I was a shopkeeper, I…. Did a lot of things, but probably the most enjoyable was being a cake decorator.
The hardest lesson learned in starting a business? Figuring out how to manage and delegate.
What task do you like to delegate? Hosting events – I get a bit shy.
The best lesson you have learned opening a shop? To be flexible in your approach but stay true to your concept.
Your advice for anyone wanting to open a shop? Start small, and pay attention to the details.
Which famous person would you like to visit your shop? Michelle Obama.
If you weren’t a shopkeeper you would be.. A teacher.
What is your perfect day off? Spending time at home pottering about with my girls.
Favorite neighborhood coffee shop/restaurant: Fiat Cafe in Soho, NY.
On the Future of Retail
“It’s a rapidly changing industry with so many different models of scale… But at the heart of it, is taste, and as long as there are retail folk who take great pleasure and pride in their taste and vision, then the retail industry will continue to produce innovative, creative spaces.”
Goods For The Study
50 West 8th Street & 234 Mulberry Street, NYC